CiNet Impresses Again

90206483CiNet is honored to be accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS). This accreditation is for CiNet’s PULSE Emergency Medical content. If you have gone through our EMS courses, you’ve seen it in action!

CECBEMS is interested in how needs assessment, program committee processes, medical direction/oversight, concept, production and more come together for the benefit of the individual EMS student.

CiNet was awarded with the highest grade CECBEMS could bestow – an A+! – along with a congratulatory note stating that CECBEMS “found clear evidence that CiNet not only adheres to CECBEMS standards and policies but embraces and employs them. We are thoroughly impressed with the efforts you take to build quality into your educational processes.”

The audit report goes on to outline specific findings, including:

  • Our Program Committee, whose members all have long histories of EMS management and education, has oversight of all coursework
  • The Needs Assessment, a worksheet given to users so they may provide feedback to CiNet, is a tool used by the committee often
  • The Director of Education works closely with the committee and production. And he’s also a full time fire fighter and paramedic!
  • Course content authors often use the CECBEMS policy and guidance, ensuring course attendees receive standardized courses and testing every time.

We are pleased the CECBEMS representatives had such a good experience with our team. We feel it can only mean success for our students and benefit the EMS providers they work for.  Please continue to fill out that Needs Assessment form! It doesn’t fall into a black hole, we promise.

Police officers can also become distracted drivers

Police officers can also become distracted drivers

Police officers can also become distracted drivers

When law enforcement officers are patrolling the nation’s roads, they have a responsibility to be on the lookout for any motorists who may be putting people in harm’s way due to irresponsible driving. Some of these individuals may be guilty of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol, while others could be paying more attention to their phone than the road.

Without the proper law enforcement training, however, officers themselves could be a danger to other drivers, as police cars come outfitted with a series of distractions. For example, while the average motorist may have access to a smartphone, police officers have an internet-enabled laptop computer mounted to their dashboard. In some cases, the technology present in police cruisers has become a problem.

Distracted officers
While many members of the police force are able to drive safely and operate the devices in their vehicle simultaneously, the same is not true of others. For example, NBC Nightly News recently reported that 17 percent of accidents in Minnesota involved distracted police officers. However, other states across the country have seen the rise of this problem as well.

“I think every officer if they’ve been on a certain period of time has maybe had that close call,” Seargent Travis Quella of Wisconsin’s Eau Claire Police Department, told WEAU 13 News. “And what we try to do is learn from them.”

Making the roads safer for everybody
The Eau Claire Police Department takes steps to ensure that its law enforcement officers know how to operate their vehicles without becoming too distracted by the computers, radios and dash cameras that are within reaching distance. Quella told the news source that members of the force are trained so they can properly multitask on the road. In some sessions, officers play out different scenarios.

“We’ll have a role player act as a dispatcher and give pertinent information, just at a time as a pedestrian is darting in between a car,” Quella said.

In addition to completing various training scenarios, officers are given rules as to when they are allowed to type on their mobile computers. Typically, they must either be going at a very slow speed or completely stopped altogether.

Meanwhile, in Fort Worth, Texas, the city’s police department has gone one step further and completely banned typing while driving, NBC 5 KXAS reported. It is the police department’s hope that this ban will reduce the number of accidents that take place due to distracted driving.

Proper fire truck training essential for firefighters

Proper fire truck training essential for firefighters

Proper fire truck training essential for firefighters

Throughout their firefighter training sessions, emergency personnel acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to perform the duties of firefighters. This means more than just putting out blazes, as firefighters are responsible for rescuing and treating victims when necessary, as well as operating fire trucks and other emergency vehicles.

For these professionals, quality training is vital, as firefighters are more likely than many other professionals to become injured, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Traffic accidents are among the potentially dangerous situations these emergency workers may encounter.

Recently, firefighter Mark Haudenschild II of Indiana’s Washington Township Fire Department lost his life while driving a fire truck, Frost Illustrated reported. It is believed that the 26-year-old emergency worker lost control of his vehicle as he attempted to make a westbound turn on his way to a brush fire. The vehicle rolled over and struck three utility poles, trapping Haudenschild inside and ultimately killing him.

At this time, the true cause of the accident is still under investigation, but the incident serves as an example of how important firefighter basic training can be to rescue workers’ long-term safety.

Felonious law enforcement deaths rose in 2011

Felonious law enforcement deaths rose in 2011

Felonious law enforcement deaths rose in 2011

When law enforcement officers put on their uniforms and go on duty, they never know what they will encounter or whether or not they will make it home at the end of the day. While they know the risks that come with serving and protecting citizens, there is no denying the positive impact high-quality law enforcement training could have on officers’ safety.

With the proper training, some accidents can be avoided, while others are not preventable and occur without warning. To provide a sense of how law enforcement officers fall in the line of duty, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) recently issued a press release with details on the law enforcement deaths that occurred in 2011.

According to the FBI, a total of 125 law enforcement officers lost their lives last year, with 72 feloniously murdered and 53 killed in accidents.

In 2011, the number of felonious deaths increased by 16 over 2010’s figure of 56 officers. Arrest situations, ambushes and traffic pursuits were all scenarios in which law enforcement professionals lost their lives. Fortunately, the number of fatal accidents was down by 19 from 72 officer deaths in 2010.

Using this information, police departments can better tailor their law enforcement training so that officers are more prepared for safe  careers.

Firefighters prepare for a future battling electric car blazes

Firefighters prepare for a future battling electric car blazes

Firefighters prepare for a future battling electric car blazes

During President Barack Obama’s first term in office, he set a goal of putting 1 million advanced technology vehicles on the nation’s roads by 2015, according to the White House’s official website. Among them would be electric cars, which Obama wanted to see become more affordable. While the president’s goal has yet to be achieved, there is no denying that more motorists are choosing to go electric.

With so many cars zipping down the nation’s roads every day, there is always a chance one or more will catch fire, whether due to a collision or a problem underneath the hood. While firefighter training can prepare rescue workers for situations involving automobiles that run on gasoline, many of them may not know how to handle a Chevy Volt or a similar electric car that has caught fire.

Electric cars do catch on fire
Even if their tanks are not filled with highly flammable gasoline, electric cars can still catch on fire. In fact, 16 Fisker Karma electric vehicles recently caught fire in Port Newark, New Jersey, as Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on the Garden State, Business Insider reported. Soon after floodwaters submerged the cars, they caught fire and exploded. According to officials from Fisker Automotive, none of the vehicles were charging at the time.

While the reasons behind these fires is not fully known at this time, firefighter training drills that prepare individuals for these types of scenarios will be essential as more people purchase electric vehicles.

Firefighters receive electric car fire training
Idaho firefighters recently converged on the city of Meridian to learn how to battle blazes involving hybrid and electric vehicles, KTVB reported. This knowledge is essential because while these cars tend to resemble non-hybrid automobiles, looks can be deceiving. They can also prove troublesome to first responders who do not realize they are dealing with an electric vehicle.

“We had one pull off in a field one time and the tires were still spinning, and the car was sitting there, but you couldn’t tell that the car was on,” Jim Hitch of the Parma Volunteer Fire Department and Idaho Emergency Services Training, told the news source. “Since they’re silent, you don’t know that they’re on, so the vehicles can move without you even knowing.”

Fire chief believes EMTs would be safer carrying guns

Fire chief believes EMTs would be safer carrying guns

Fire chief believes EMTs would be safer carrying guns

When emergency medical technicians, or EMTs, are responding to a call, they may have a sense of what they will find at their destination, but not know the full extent of the situation until they are in the thick of it. While these professionals learn how to navigate potentially dangerous scenarios in EMT training, there are those who believe EMTs should go one step further and be allowed to carry handguns.EMTs may be responsible for saving other people’s lives, but sometimes these professionals can become victims themselves. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 52 percent of today’s EMTs have been assaulted on the job, WDTN reported. Furthermore, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics states that mentally unstable or combative patients may attack them

.Carrying guns may save EMTs’ lives
Tim Holman, the fire chief in German Township, Ohio, told the news source he believes paramedics could benefit from carrying concealed weapons. Holman’s personal experiences have shaped his views on this issue, as he has had a gun pulled on him twice in his 37-year career.

“When we go into a fire we’re fairly well protected,” Holman said. “We have equipment on that’s going to protect our breathing. We have turnout gear that’s going to protect us to a certain temperature. I make sure they are safe when they go to a fire, but I can’t guarantee that safety when they go to an EMS run.”

In Holman’s opinion, carrying a concealed weapon could reduce the number of future attacks on EMTs. He went so far as to say data has shown that states that allow people to carry concealed guns have seen a decrease in their crime rates.

Carrying guns may put more lives in danger
Not everybody is on board with the idea of arming EMTs. Kip Teitsort, a former police officer and EMT, is among them.

“Let the guys with the hundreds and hundreds of hours of training, the tools, and the pepper spray handle that guy,” Teitsort told the news source. “Then medical care can be applied.”

Teitsort does not see how fire departments could provide EMTs with the amount of  training they need to safely carry weapons. Without the proper training, there is always the chance that EMTs could do more harm than good with a handgun that is meant to keep them safe.

Fire departments aim to keep their firefighters safe with new equipment

Fire departments aim to keep their firefighters safe with new equipment

Fire departments aim to keep their firefighters safe with new equipment

Every time firefighters respond to a call, they can never be sure that they will return to their fire station. However, there are factors that can increase the odds of a safe conclusion to their days, such as additional firefighter training and better equipment.Fire departments that not only stay abreast of the latest in firefighting gear and technology, but also provide it for their crews, prove they place a strong value on keeping these professionals safe when they are on the job. Recently, the following three fire departments made headlines for their efforts to create a stronger firefighting force in the areas they are dedicated to protecting:

New fire truck means new capabilities
In North Carolina, the Holly Ridge Fire Department became the recent recipient of a new fire truck valued at $250,000, the Jacksonville Daily News reported. The ladder truck came free of charge through the state’s Forestry Service, so long as the fire department covers its delivery charges. Of course, a delivery charge is a small price to pay given all area firefighters will be able to do with this new vehicle in their possession.

“It will increase aerial operations,” Brandon Longo, chief of the Holly Ridge Fire Department, told the news source. “We can fight larger fires, flow more water and make quicker rescues.”

Not only will the ladder truck make it easier for firefighters to rescue individuals trapped in tall structures, but it will also benefit nearby fire departments that receive aid from Holly Ridge, including those on Pender County, Turkey Creek, Haws Run and Sneads Ferry.

Firefighters receive much-needed replacement gear
In Toledo, Ohio, firefighters no longer have to rely on 16-year-old gear, as they are now using new self-contained breathing apparatuses, the Toledo Blade reported. In total, the city’s fire department received 222 units, six laptops and five rapid intervention team packs, which, all together, cost more than $1.2 million. Fortunately, $995,776 was covered by a U.S.Department of Homeland Security assistance to firefighters grant.

The units firefighters now wear are about four or five pounds heavier than what they were used to, but they are also said to do a better job of distributing the 26 to 28 pounds they weigh. At the same time, the face pieces come equipped with three green lights that reveal how much air is left in the 30-minute tanks firefighters are carrying.

“These will improve our safety,” Lieutenant Matthew Hertzfeld told the news outlet. “…This is a major step in making a dangerous job safer. Ultimately, at a fire scene, your air supply is one of the most important issues you have to deal with.”

New air packs make it easier to breathe
When firefighters rush into burning buildings, the last thing they want is to run out of air. Unfortunately, this became a problem for professionals in DeKalb County, Georgia, in recent years, as the brand of air packs they were using repeatedly failed them, WSB-TV Atlanta reported. Now, these same firefighters are doing their job without any breathing problems thanks to county leaders’ decision to purchase Scott brand air packs.

“They are relieved,” Norman Augustin, the DeKalb fire chief, told the news source in regards to his firefighters. “I’m excited we actually have a piece of equipment we can operate safely.”

While it is not always possible to know how well firefighting equipment will perform in a major blaze, firefighter training drills may prove to be a good opportunity for testing the quality of a department’s gear.

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